There are significant challenges facing our young people that consequentially cost our economy over $6 trillion. Youth unemployment is now a critical issue; sitting at about 14%, it is two times the national average and represents more than 6.7 million youth aged 16-24 (this group has become known as “Opportunity Youth”). While so many of our youth are unemployed or underemployed, employers wrestle with the skills gap and finding qualified talent to fill their vacant positions. While many business, education and political leaders are working to address each issue independently, one solution may be the answer to both problems.
Read more about Opportunity Youth and the effects on our economy in our latest white paper.